Registered Dental Hygienist - Naval Health Clinic

  • The Arora Group
  • Oak Harbor, WA, USA
  • Sep 01, 2020
Full-time   Healthcare (general)

Job Description

Dental Hygienists in Oak Harbor, Washington, to work at the Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor.  The Dental Hygienist will provide dental care to active duty military members. 40 hrs per week, Mon - Fri, 8 hr shifts between the hours of 6:30AM - 4:30PM. The Dental Hygienist will receive 17 days of paid vacation/sick, 10 federal holidays, and full benefits including company health insurance and voluntary dental, vision, retirement, and other plans.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS OF THE DENTAL HYGIENIST:

  • Possess a degree or certificate in dental hygiene from a school of dental hygiene approved by the Council on Dental Education of the ADA.
  • Hold a current, unrestricted license to practice as a dental hygienist in any one of the fifty States, the DC, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories.
  • Minimum 12 months experience within the preceding 24 months, OR have graduated from ADA approved dental hygiene program within last 12 months.
  • Have either (a) successfully completed at least 12 classroom hours of continuing dental hygiene education within the preceding 18 months which maintain skills and knowledge in dental hygiene and preventive dentistry OR (b) graduated from an ADA approved dental hygiene program within the preceding 12 months.
  • Provide letters of clinical competency from two practicing dentists attesting to the HCW’s clinical skills. If a recent graduate, the letters of clinical competency may be either from practicing dentists or from faculty members where the dental hygiene degree was received. Letters must be within the last three years.

DUTIES OF THE DENTAL HYGIENIST:

  • Become familiar with and follow standardized (Navy) concepts of Phased Dentistry and Managed Care.
  • Perform a full range of dental hygienist procedures, within the scope of this statement of work, on site using government furnished facilities, supplies, and equipment. Workload occurs as a result of scheduled and unscheduled requirements for care. Actual Dental Hygienist clinical activity will be a function of the overall demand for hygienist services.
  • Review and complete preliminary dental examinations for new periodontal and recall patients. Oversee and manage periodontal patient recall programs.
  • Review patient's medical and dental history for evidence of past and present conditions such as medical  illnesses and use of drugs which may complicate or modify dental hygiene treatment.
  • Examine teeth and surrounding tissues for evidence of caries, periodontal disease and then record findings.
  • Inspect head and neck, examine mouth, throat and pharynx for evidence of disease such as oral cancer and/or soft tissue pathosis.
  • Expose, develop and interpret radiographs to identify tooth structure, periodontal support and other abnormalities such as periodontal bone loss, periapical pathosis, caries, defective restorations, improper tooth contours and contact relationships.
  • Refer suspected medical conditions, hard and soft tissue abnormalities, caries, periapical and periodontal pathosis and traumatic or suspicious lesions to the dental officer for evaluation.
  • Perform pit and fissure sealant applications.
  • Develop dental hygiene treatment plans for patients including assessment of the problem, type and extent of treatment required and sequence of appointments to complete treatments.
  • Perform complete oral prophylaxis and non-surgical periodontal treatment on ambulatory patients using ultrasonic and hand instruments.
  • Perform subgingival scaling, root planing and curettage under local anesthesia administered by a dental officer and perform topical fluoride applications.
  • Polish teeth and apply disclosing solutions, fluorides, desensitizing agents and other topical medications to the teeth for the purpose of controlling caries and dentinal hypersensitivity.
  • Maintain patient records in accordance with Joint Commission and Dental Treatment Facility (DTF).
  • Comply with applicable quality assurance standards for preventive dentistry.
  • Instruct patients, individually and in group seminars, in proper oral hygiene using a variety of aids such as models of teeth, slides, toothbrushes, floss, disclosing tablets, mirrors, interproximal brushes and rubber tips.
  • Explain causes of caries and periodontal disease to patients and the importance of nutrition in maintaining dental and systemic health.
  • Clean and maintain instruments and insure their sterility.
  • Treat acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis.
  • Assist in Oral Diagnosis Sick Call to include exposing and developing periapical, bitewing and panoral radiographs.
  • Provide oral prophylaxis, preventive dentistry procedures and non-surgical periodontal therapy to active duty military personnel and eligible beneficiaries.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • 17 days paid vacation/sick per year!
  • 10 paid Federal holidays per year
  • Health & Welfare benefit mostly covers health insurance and short- and long-term disability
  • Dental & Vision plans, 401(K)

ABOUT THE ARORA GROUP:
The Arora Group is an award-winning, Joint Commission-certified nationwide healthcare services company that, for over 25 years, has provided medical care for the men and women who serve our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our mission is to provide world-class care and give our healthcare professionals opportunities to improve their skills, learn from the best, and serve the needs of active duty service members, their families, and veterans.